Who We Are
Makor administrators and educators comprise a team of diverse and uniquely talented leaders in their areas of focus. We value our professionals, who have worked together to build our warm and engaging learning community.
Director of Makor
Ariel Margolis joined the Hebrew College community in July 2014 as director of Makor and director of online learning. He will also teach special-education courses in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. Margolis is known in the Jewish day-school teaching community for his commitment to innovative educational models and leveraging technology to help students engage with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Judaic curriculums. Prior to joining Hebrew College, Margolis worked for 15 years at Kehillah Schechter Academy, where he served as a math, science and Tanakh teacher, middle-school principal, teacher coach and instructional-technology coach. He has co-authored several grants for technology, including for smartboards and tablets, science and Israel education. Margolis has co-led several webinars on how technology has enhanced inter-institutional collaboration. He holds a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and a master's degree in special education from Bridgewater State University. He attended Harvard’s Principal Institute (Cohort of 2008) and has certifications in Chrome Classroom and Flipped Classroom techniques from Sophia Learning. He is also a certified educational-technology coach.
Dan Brosgol, MJEd'04
Director of Prozdor
Dan Brosgol holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Brandeis University and both a certificate in Jewish day school education and a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He is currenting pursuing a doctorate in the Northeastern/Hebrew College collaborative EdD program. Brosgol is an avid runner and Boston sports fan. He lives in Bedford, Mass., with his wife, Elizabeth, and five children.
Coordinator of Hebrew Langauge
Mira Angrist has extensive experience teaching Hebrew, mentoring Hebrew teachers and providing professional-development workshops for Hebrew teachers. In addition to her work at Makor and Prozdor, she serves as a Hebrew consultant to the Union for Reform Judaism and as a Hebrew instructor at Boston University. Angrist has presented at national conferences and has been involved in developing Hebrew curricula, both for Jewish day schools and supplementary settings. She enjoys traveling and making mosaic art. Some of her artwork has been presented in exhibitions in the Boston area.
Laura Bellows has experience teaching and designing Jewish educational programs for all ages, with particular expertise in experiential and environmental education. She has taught at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute, Limmud NY, the Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice program and numerous Hebrew schools and is a lead educator and former director of community programs for the Teva Learning Alliance. Bellows holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and is pursuing rabbinic ordination at Hebrew College. When not studying Torah or on her bike, she enjoys making music, art and cookies.
Director of Programming and Initiatives
Emilia Diamant joined Hebrew College in 2012 from Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, N.C., where she worked as principal and youth director. A Boston area native, she studied informal education at New York University. She enjoys dancing, going to Red Sox games and exploring the city.
Chanit Brenner List
Educator and Special Education Consultant
Chanit Brenner List is a graduate of Lesley University, where she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education. She currently serves as the special-education team chair for the Hillside School in Needham, Mass. List's commitment to Jewish education includes work at Camp Pembroke, a Jewish girls camp in central Massachusetts, and Capitol Camps in the Catocin Mountains of Pennsylvania, and teaching Hebrew School at various area temples. She and her husband, David, the associate director of Prozdor, live in Waltham with their son, Nathaniel.
Yigal M. Pe’eri
Yigal M. Pe'eri was born and raised in Israel and has made his mark in both the business and education fields. On the business side, he has served as president and vice president of marketing and sales of for government, banking, hi-tech and paper companies. On the educational road, he was executive director of several community centers as well as the Israeli representative to Liverpool, U.K., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Pe'eri has taught Hebrew to youth and adults and run workshops on strategic planning, negotiation, leadership and management. He is also a certified and experienced instructor of Gōjū-ryū karate, judo and tai chi. He enjoys flying (single-engine), classical music and study of religions.
A native of Chicago, Becky Price moved to Boston to study at Emerson College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in theater education. After graduating, Price completed the WUJS Arts Program in Tel Aviv, interning for an Israeli theatre company, before returning to Boston. In addition to her duties at Makor, Price teaches drama at Oak Hill Middle School in Newton and works on productions at Newton South, Newton North, Kesher Newton Jewish community after-school program and with Israeli Stage.
Makor's Partner Organizations
Makor’s most distinguishing feature is its community partnership model. We value our partners who collaborate as a group to build a more vibrant Jewish teen community in Boston. We encourage you to learn more about our partners and to be in touch with their Makor contact with any questions.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Julie Vanek, director of Jewish learning connections
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chesnut Hill
Erin Gubert, religious school director
Temple Emanuel, Newton
Wayne Goldstein, Harry Kraft Director of Informal Youth Education and Makor coordinator
Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill
Samara Katz, director of congregational learning